Mayor of Gatineau since 2013, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin confirmed Thursday that he will not seek a third term, to everyone’s surprise.
“It’s time to make room for the next generation. Let’s say I did my part, ”he confided in an exclusive interview with Caroline St-Hilaire on QUB radio.
“This summer, I did 23 days of canoeing alone with my boy and when I came back I thought to myself that, in the end, the decision might be not to go. There is not just one element, it is the passage of time. ”
Its passage will not have been easy: Gatineau experienced significant flooding in 2017, a tornado in 2018, other floods in 2019 and 2020, then COVID-19 took part.
“I feel like mayor to have served three terms in two,” said the politician of 53 years.
“It’s the toughest policy, because people know where we live. They know us. You can’t get away with a press line. ”
Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin reminds that there are still 10 months in his mandate. He would like to complete the financing of the tram project before leaving the town hall.
The leap to the provincial or the federal?
The first magistrate ensures that he has no plan for the future, but he does not close the door to federal or provincial politics.
“I don’t even want to talk about it. It is too early. I want to take the time to make this announcement first, ”he said.
Before taking his leave, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin will publish a book on municipal politics. He also believes that the ambient climate must be cleaned up to maintain public engagement.
“Social media is like discussions in taverns that are made in the public space,” he lamented.